Flexible benefits schemes have traditionally been offered by only a small number of employers. Sam Barrett assesses the potential for market growth and outlines some potential pitfalls

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    Budget cash plans might seem attractive at first, but they can leave many people feeling disappointed when they come to claim, as Emily Perryman reports

  • Labour pains

    Former Health Insurance editor Moira O’Neill looks at how PMI providers are struggling to deal with the complex issue of pregnancy

  • Rehab-innovation

  • Desert storm

    The Gulf States is a key market for brokers selling international private medical insurance to expats. But ongoing legislative changes could see this business suddenly evaporate in the Middle-Eastern sun, Harvey Jones suggests

  • Member Profile: Colin Boxall, e-xcellenthealth

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  • Bring on the bling

    Cash plan providers are starting to attract more interest from intermediaries by adding extra benefits to their offerings. Edmund Tirbutt investigates


    Employee assistance programmes provide businesses with a valuable tool to promote good mental health among their workforce. But a recent move by HM Revenue & Customs could result in many employers withdrawing the service. Emily Perryman finds out how providers are fighting back